June 10, 2021

COVID-19 Update for Child Care Programs

As of June 10, all children ages two and older and child care staff must continue to wear face coverings to the extent possible during inside activities while the Secretary of Health Order for Universal Face Coverings is in place.

When does the order expire?

The Universal Face Covering Order expires on June 28, 2021, or when 70 percent of adults in Pennsylvania are fully vaccinated, whichever comes sooner.

Important Note: Even after the Order expires, children over the age of two and staff at child care facilities should continue to wear masks inside until further guidance is provided from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Does this impact outdoor activities?

The CDC’s 2021 Summer Camp Guidelines state that people do not need to wear masks when outdoors. However, in areas of substantial to high transmission, people who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with people who are not fully vaccinated.

Although it is not a requirement, some child care facilities may want their children to continue to wear face coverings during outdoor play. Programs are encouraged to consult with families to determine their wishes when making this decision.

Where can I learn more?

For more information on COVID-19 guidelines for child care facilities, visit the CDC website. CDC guidance is meant to supplement—not replace—any federal, state, tribal, local, or territorial public health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which child care programs must comply.

View the Full Announcement

To view the full release from the Pennsylvania Key and the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), visit this webpage.

Image: A masked young child sits on the floor with a masked early learning professional. Both are enjoying playing together.